Physical nomenclature

Patrick Riley (
1 Aug 1996 06:11:12 GMT

I'm looking for a book (probably, although an internet source would be
helpful) that sets out a standard method of describing persons based purely
on observation and I've been told that anthropologists have some sort of
system of describing variations in human beings.

I want to look at a photo of a person and by comparing it to a set of
illustrations say he/she has an xxx nose (Roman, button, long, ski-slope,
etc), xxx eyebrows (Groucho, bushy, line-like, etc), xxx lips (thin,
protruding, full, etc) and so on. It would be nice to be able to do it for
the person's body, too. The old Bertillon system seems far too involved,
wrought with political overtones and requires physical measurements.

If someone could point me in the right direction it would be much

Patrick Riley